Flooring Day 2

Connor began the day by sanding yesterday’s dried screed. He topped the level up a bit and turned the dryer on it while smoothing more by hand. The spirit level is regularly applied to achieve a perfect finish. While allowing the corner to dry once more, our craftsman tacked down sheets of ply at theContinue reading “Flooring Day 2”

London War Memorials

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT FOR FURTHER INCREASE IN SIZE. Paul Clarke will tell you that my Streets of London series appears on a rainy day. It has surprised us all that today is one such. The garden, after such a long heatwave, has enjoyed the heavy rain we have received, but not theContinue reading “London War Memorials”

Waste Not……..

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Although I didn’t have to grapple with the mortgage issue until late this afternoon, I’ll deal with it first to get it out of the way. The latest nonsense is that, after almost a month of procrastination and prevarication on behalf of the solicitors in the case,Continue reading “Waste Not……..”

Streets Of London With Diversions

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Torrential rain and gale-force winds were again the order of the day. Soon after noon, the French windows onto the patio and the view from the kitchen were like this. Naturally I took a trip back to my photographic archives from October 2004. The colour slides wereContinue reading “Streets Of London With Diversions”

A Murmuration

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS GIVE ACCESS TO LARGER PICTURES WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. An underground problem with installation of the new phone line required further attention today. This necessitated a visit from another engineer who completed the task. Jackie then drove us around the forest in a very wet lateContinue reading “A Murmuration”

A New Granddaughter

Yesterday evening Tess gave birth to an, as yet, unnamed baby girl. All is well, and she is a second shared grandchild for Jackie and me. Ever the cryptic wit, Mat, when giving Becky the news, said ‘Mum’s got 2, Dad’s got 7’. He left her to provide the solution: ‘a girl’. My other twoContinue reading “A New Granddaughter”

Becky’s Book

The sun, peering across shrubbery on our lawn through the trunks of naked trees, rose into a clear pale slate-blue sky, ready to dry the dew this morning. Sometime in 1973 I began to make a book for Becky, then my youngest daughter. It was planned for her fourth birthday the following year. I used water-colour pencilsContinue reading “Becky’s Book”

Technical Frustrations

Last night the internet reception was hit and miss, which is one reason why my post was shorter than usual (I’ve just lost it again). I was also knackered, but mostly I wanted Orlaith’s photograph to stand alone. This morning, taking advantage of what I thought was a lull in a night of rain, IContinue reading “Technical Frustrations”